Bosnia’s capital has declared Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson an honorary citizen for the concert he performed while the city was under siege during the 1992-95 war.
The award was presented by Sarajevo mayor Abdulah Skaka at a ceremony in Sarajevo City Hall.
Skaka said Dickinson’s visit in 1994 was one of those moments when people in Sarajevo realised they will survive and that Bosnia-Herzegovina will survive.
One night in December 1994, Dickinson, with the aid of United Nations soldiers, slipped into Sarajevo and played a concert with his solo band, Skunkworks.
The story of the band’s journey to a city cut off from the world, and the concert itself, was immortalized in the 2017 film “Scream For Me Sarajevo.”
The award was presented on Saturday when the city celebrated Sarajevo Day, which marks the city’s liberation during the Second World War and the start in 1992 of the Bosnian Serb siege that killed more than 11,000 people, including 1,600 children.
Dickinson, who also walked through the city centre greeting people and signing autographs, said: “It’s a great honour to be given the honorary citizenship of Sarajevo.
Dickinson said that in a world where things only last for about five seconds on social media… people still remember the 1994 concert.